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How to use manual member approval

Notice

Because of limitations in MemberPress it is not possible to prevent payment from processing until the member is approved. Therefore if your membership is paid, you may need to refund the member if you reject them.

A possible workaround is to require approval on a Free membership, then send them a link to signup for the paid membership in the approval email.

This add-on also requires MemberPress version 1.8.5+ to operate correctly.

Getting Started

Thank you for purchasing the Manual Member Approval add-on.

Be sure to follow the installation procedures if you have not yet done so.

You will see a new section in your Dashboard menu called MeprToolbox like so:

Click on the menu item to manage your settings for the Manual Member Approval add-on.

Settings Overview

Require approval even if member is already logged in?

When this option is enabled, and an existing member who is logged in purchases a Membership that requires manual approval, then they will be held for approval. Disable this if you want existing members to not require approval.

Allow members to login while pending approval?

When this option is enabled, members who are held for approval can login to the site still, but they won’t have access to the content protected by MemberPress Rules for the membership(s) that require approval. If the member is part of another membership that does not require approval, they will be able to access its content still.

Wrap emails below in MemberPress default gray template?

This option will enable the default gray template used by MemberPress. It’s wraps your emails body content in a gray box with some padding around it. It will also add the Privacy Policy footer if you have that option enabled in MemberPress. See image below for an example:

Select Memberships Requiring Manual Approval

This will display a list of all Memberships on your MemberPress site.

Select the Membership(s) you want to require manual approval for by clicking on the one’s you need. Use CTRL + Click (COMMAND + Click on Mac) to select more than one.

Anytime a member signs up for the selected Membership(s), their account will be held for approval.


The emails below will accept the email parameters from MemberPress Emails: https://docs.memberpress.com/article/180-full-list-of-email-parameters

Email Sent to Member When Held for Approval:

This is the email sent to the Member when their account is held for approval. An email is also sent to the admin email addresses in the MemberPress Admin Emails settings notifying them of the pending approval signup. This admin email is not configurable currently.

Email Sent to MemberPress Admin Emails When Held for Approval:

This is the email sent to the MemberPress Admin Email(s) when a member is needing approval. The email contains a link an admin can click to manage that member. If you need to change the link, use {$mpmma_manage_url} parameter for the manage member URL.

Email Sent to Member When Approved:

This is the email sent to the Member when their account is approved.

Email Sent to Member When Rejected:

This is the email sent to the Member when their account is rejected.

Managing Members Approval Status

Members who existed before you installed this add-on will be considered “Approved”

Navigate to your MemberPress -> Members page in your dashboard.

You’ll see a new column for managing your members:

A breakdown of each option is below.

Approve – Approve Member and send the Approval Email.

Approve Silently – Approve Member but do NOT send the Approval Email.

Reject – Reject the Member and send the Rejected Email.

Reject Silently – Reject the Member but do NOT send the Rejected Email.

What does the Member see?

After signing up, the Member is allowed to see the Thank You page, but they are logged out of the site. If they try to navigate to another page on the site while still logged in, they’ll see the message below if you don’t have the “Allow members to login while pending approval?” option enabled:

When they click Return to site they will be logged out and taken to the home page of your site.

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime, thanks!